Every year the Cinnamon Awards ceremony applauds the outstanding work of special colleagues who go above and beyond to be the Cinnamon Difference.
This year however, our annual awards are extra special. This year we recognise the amazing efforts of all our Cinnamon teams through the uncertain times of the past year, and together we celebrate individual achievements along with team successes across the Cinnamon Luxury Care Home group.
The tremendous challenges over the last 18 months have taught us to adapt to changes around us, as the whole world reeled from a global pandemic brought on by COVID19, the likes we’ve never seen before.
Carole Hunt, Cinnamon Director said, “Two of our values have helped us through this period. These are that we are united through compassion, and we are passionate about people.”
The Cinnamon Awards fall into four equal categories which tributes award winning care homes, individual team members who have gone above and beyond their duties, and team groups who collectively and consecutively display our Cinnamon Difference core values.
Cinnamon in bloom award
The Cinnamon in Bloom competition was designed to promote pride in each care home and add colour and vibrancy. A tremendous effort was put into transferring our homes from green-fingered colleagues and residents, in particular our new-build care homes.
We had a putting green, overflowing hanging baskets which even Alan Titchmarch would be envious of and fresh produce that was grown in our own gardens. Competition was fierce for the Garden of the Year Award with a grand prize at stake of £1000 for the winning home, plus £500 for team members and residents to celebrate their achievements. Others prizes at stake were £500 worth of gardening vouchers for the five finalist category winners.
‘Best hanging basket & container display’ Emerson Grange
‘Best fruit, herb & veg project’ Hartwood House
‘Best residents’ garden project’ Earlsfield Court
‘Best garden creative design’ Wellington Vale
‘Best front garden’ Rivermede Court
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
There can only be one winner. This year’s Cinnamon Garden of the Year 2021 Award goes to
You make the difference award
This coveted reward recognised individuals who went beyond the bounds of their duties to make an exceptional contribution to the needs of our residents. There were two categories which came under this, Care and Non-Care, and a cash prize at stake of £500 each plus the chance to take home the trophy.
Non-care category finalists
Joy Bayawa, Administrator at Abbotswood Court. Amy Dabell, Receptionist at Burcot Grange. Sean Breillat, Housekeeper at Burcot Lodge. Wendy Middleton, Activities Coordinator at Earlsfield Court. Trevor Boulding, Maintenance assistant at Emerson Grange. Gareth Johns, 2nd Chef at Hartwood House. Kevin Chandler. Maintenance manager at Leah Lodge. Alfredo Changchao, Head of Maintenance at Mornington Court. Donna Royle, Kitchen Assistant at Netley Court. Dianne Erouwho, General Assistant at Rectory Court. Mandy Saint Pierre, Housekeeper at Rivermede Court. Helen Dunning, Home Admissions Advisor at Wellington Vale.
Trevor Boulding from Emerson Grange
Gareth Jones from Hartwood House
Care category finalists
Emily Allinson, Care Team Leader at Abbotswood Court. Charlotte Mole, Care Assistant at Burcot Grange. Lucy Mansell, Senior Care Assistant at Burcot Lodge. Loyce Taylor, Care Team Leader at Cedar Mews. Lynsey Knight, Care Team Leader at Earlsfield Court. Osamede Ahanor, Senior Nurse at Emerson Grange. Barbara Haynes, Care Assistant at Hartwood House. Aga Stasiak, Care Assistant at Leah Lodge. Douglas McMahon, Care Assistant at Mornington Court, Julie Holmes, Care Assistant at Netley Court, Zahia Khalidi, Senior Care Assistant at Rectory Court, Manon James-Mallinger, Deputy Manager at Rivermede Court, Sukran Dodds, Senior Care Assistant at Sunnybank House, Karina Goddard, Senior Care Assistant at Wellington Vale.
Barbara Haynes from Hartwood House
Sukran Dodds from Sunnybank House
Spirit of Cinnamon Award
The ‘Spirit of Cinnamon’ award is all about recognising the delivery of teamwork, excellent care and the very best service, and demonstrating the Cinnamon values day in, day out. For this award our judges looked for great feedback from residents, a positive outlook, high levels of support for each other and the wider home team, and a personal drive for excellence. The winning home got to take away £1000 for a team event, along with the Cinnamon Award trophy whilst the runner-up team was awarded £500 for a team event in their home.
The housekeeping team at Abbotswood Court. The housekeeping team at Burcot Grange. The administration team at Burcot Lodge. The Whole Team at Cedar Mews. The Care Team at Earlsfield Court. The Heads of Departments team at Emerson Grange. The Housekeeping team at Hartwood House. The Care Team at Leah Lodge. The Kitchen Team at Mornington Court. The Administration Team at Netley Court. The Night Care Team at Rectory Court. The Housekeeping team at Rivermede Court. The Care team at Rokewood Court. The Housekeeping team at Sunnybank House. The Activities & Lifestyle team at Wellington Vale.
Competition in this category was incredibly fierce, however we had to award a runners-up prize of £500 to JR & Gaylia, the Kitchen Team at Mornington Court whose fantastic efforts in supporting all of the southern homes throughout lockdown, working away from home with plans often changing at the last minute, whilst coming up with fresh ideas and providing much needed assistance did not go unnoticed. A very big thank you and well done, for all of your efforts.
The winning team handled every challenge calmly and with dedication during a difficult time in their own home, whilst working to support another care home some miles away.
Carole Hunt said “The very well-deserved winners of this award is the Rokewood Court Care Team. Huge congratulations, and we are so proud of you!”
Congratulations to all our Cinnamon Winners and thank you for taking part in this year’s competition!